Monday, 21 November 2011

Mac 'Painterly' Paint Pot

Availability: Permanent Collection. Available at Mac Counters or on their website.
Price: £13.50
Description: A highly pigmented eye colour that goes on creamy but dries to an intense, vibrant finish. The next generation of a popular Mac formula. Paint Pots maintain all the intense traits of it's inspiration. Long-wearing, colourfast. Creates seamless coverage without weight or caking. Blends smoothly over lids. Cream-based, can be mixed with Mac shadows or liners. Available in satin, cream, frost and pearl formulas.

After watching numerous videos on Youtube, featuring Mac Paint Pots I decided I needed to pick one up to see what the fuss was all about. I originally wanted 'Bare Study', described as a 'soft beige, with gold pearl' but found it to be far too shimmery for an everyday natural look so settled on Painterly, a 'nude beige'. For £13.50 you get 5 grams of product, which may not sound like a lot but a little goes a long way and after a months use I've barely made a dent. The packaging is sleek, compact and sturdy - ideal for anyone like me who manages to smash 9/10 products I chuck in my make-up bag!
Why I love it? The paint pot warms up on contact so it's incredibly easy to smooth the cream over your eyelid, blending well but once set - they don't budge! If you mess up your mascara you can apply more and blend away mistakes, it gives your eyes a wide awake, natural look while concealing veining on your eyelids and evening the skin tone and it's an ideal base for eye shadows, ensuring you're crease-free all day, shadows stay put and colours are intensified.
Only downside? If I apply too much, it causes slight creasing but this can still be blended away easily.
Simple, everday look using 'Painterly' to even out the colour of the eyelid and lighten up the whole area, leaving you with a more wide awake polished appearance.
Eyeliner, Rimmel - White
Mascara, Maybelline - The Colossal Volum' Express Cat Eyes
Amazing Shine Lashes - 747-S

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Anastasia Beauty Express Brow Kit

I'm sure most of you have heard of Anastasia Soare, the women behind most celebrities well groomed brows including, Jennifer Lopez, Heidi Klum and Reese Witherspoon. She's now branched out and created her own line of cosmetics, including the Anastasia of Beverley Hills Beauty Express For Brows and Eyes that I recently received to review.
Inside the set there's a travel sized angled brush, five eyebrow stencils, two brow shades, a wax, a highlight, a contour shade and a how-to list of instructions. I received the kit for brunettes, so the two brow powders were a medium ash brown and a dark, neutral brown - similar to mac 'espresso'.
On first impressions I was a bit dubious as to how the stencils would work, I assumed if you simply drew on an eyebrow it would look unnatural and fake. The five stencils are all different and vary from petite brows, high arches to thick, modelesque brows so there's a style for everyone. Simply pop out the plastic, position over your eyebrow and lightly feather on the brow powder, remove the stencil and join in any gaps. Following steps can include applying the wax, highlighting your brow bone, contouring the eye, using the highlight as an all over eyeshadow and the deeper brow shade as an eyeliner - the possibilities are endless.
How I use it:
Choose a stencil depending on the brow shape you'd like.
Place over your eyebrow and feather on the lightest shade of brow powder.
Remove the stencil and fill in any gaps.
Brush eyebrows upwards to make them appear fuller.
Apply highlight shade to entire lid and inner corner.
Use the darkest shade with the angled brush to draw on a winged liner.

The two brow shades are well pigmented and creamy, which makes them easy to apply and achieve a strong brow with minimal product. The highlighter is a golden, champagne shade that has subtle shimmer in and looks very flattering on the skin and the angled brush is the perfect size and great quality. Personally, I don't bother with the wax as I think it's a bit too hard and difficult to pick up the product.
Overall, I love the kit and how everything is so compact, everything I could need for my eyebrows and eyes are in one place. The only thing missing for me is a travel sized mascara wand to brush through your eyebrows to finish the look and some tweezers, but obviously - they'd bulk up the price.
Moving on to the price, this kit will set you back $39.95, which is just about £25. What do you ladies think, worth the money? or too pricey?
The finished result using the 'Full Arch' stencil.

Monday, 14 November 2011

So...? Fragrance Contest

Recently I was sent a few fragrances from the PR team over at So...? Fragrances. Like most girls I know, I always have a body spray or some kind of fragrance in my bag, just in case.
Not wanting to leave you all out, they offered up a chance for me to hold a contest where one of you will win a So...? Rock n' Roll gift set which includes a 100ml edt & 75ml body spray!

The Rules;
Like their Facebook page - Facebook Page Link
Register/Become a member of the So...? Website - Website Link
Leave a comment where you state what fragrance you would like to win from the So...? Rock n' Roll Range
& Don't forget to leave your e-mail address so you can be contacted when you win!

This contest is only open to UK residents unfortunately and will close in a weeks time, on Monday 21st November.

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Sue Moxley Baked Bronze

A few weeks ago my local Superdrug had a bit of a revamp. As well as being made more spacious and looking a lot cleaner a few new lines were added, including MUA, Sue Moxley and the Saturdays cosmetic's line. Instantly I was drawn to the Sue Moxley stand, partly because of their sleek packaging - mainly because all products had an introductory price drop, meaning everything had 50% off. Yippee.
A few products were already sold out but I managed to grab two of the Baked Bronze pots at a bargainous £3.00 each! The shades I opted for were '1 - Miami' a beautiful champagne, golden shimmer and '4 - Bali' a peachy, pink with bronze veining.
Both are very pigmented, easy to blend and come with a mirror in the top of the case, very handy! Although 'Bali' is exceptionally pretty in the pan the pink tint transfers very subtly. You'll get the most from using it layered over another sheer blush that you want a subtle shimmery finish to. As for 'Miami' this is a fantastic multi-use product - highlight your cheekbones and the bridge of the nose for a healthy sheen or use as an all over eyelid colour and brow highlight!
I'm definitely going to head back to Superdrug and pick up the other two shades as well as trying out more from the range! Have you girls tried Sue Moxley?

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

MUA heaven and earth palette swatches

Available at Superdrug
If you've had your eye on the Urban Decay Naked palette but it's not in your budget, then don't despair - the MUA Pro Heaven and Earth palette is just as good. I've owned, and sold the UD Naked palette because I didn't think the pigmentation was as good as everyone made out, especially for the price.
Surprisingly for a budget brand all the MUA shadows are well pigmented, creamy and easy to blend. The packaging is pretty basic but even with the amount of times I've bashed it about it's not broken! The colours are gorgeous and ideal for a neutral palette, ranging from shimmery golds, bronze, highlight shades and deeper browns for smokey eyes.
For £4.00 you can't really go wrong and I've already got a back-up sitting in my make-up storage box.